Warmer weather and higher energy bills are right around the corner. By implementing these tips to lessen home energy consumption, you can save throughout the spring and summer without sacrificing comfort.
Have Your Cooling System Tuned Up
Before the weather heats up, get your cooling system tuned up by a skilled HVAC technician to ensure it’s working at maximum efficiency. During the summer, you can help maintain that cost-saving efficiency by checking the air filter once a month and changing it whenever you see dirt accumulating.
Increase Your Attic Insulation
Having sufficient insulation installed on the attic floor helps limit heat transfer through the ceilings, which reduces your A/C’s workload. Here in the Springdale area, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends installing a minimum of R-49 to see the greatest benefit. To stop conditioned air leakage from your living space, be sure to have the access hatch properly sealed and insulated as well.
Seal and Insulate Your Ductwork
Leaking air ducts can waste as much as 30 percent of your A/C’s cooling output. Having the ductwork joints and seams sealed with metal-backed tape and then having at least R-6 insulation installed can boost your comfort and slash energy consumption too.
Lower Your Water Heating Costs
As water heats up, minerals naturally precipitate out and accumulate as sediment on the bottom of your tank. Getting it flushed every six months can keep the appliance running efficiently and prevent energy waste. Other effective ways to reduce water heating costs include lowering the thermostat setting to 120 degrees and insulating the first six feet of water pipes that run from the tank.
Install Ceiling Fans
If you don’t already have a ceiling fan in each room of your home, have them installed. Run them with the blades moving forward, or counterclockwise, and you’ll feel a wind chill effect that cools your skin. That extra comfort will let you lower your thermostat setting about four degrees to save energy.
For expert help implementing strategies to lessen home energy consumption, contact the pros at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal, proudly serving Northwest Arkansas since 1968.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about lessening energy consumption and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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